Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in the US, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world to perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.”
The dynamic father-son duo pushes the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. In concert, Ken & Brad play an eclectic assortment of stringed instruments including the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, gourd banjo, hammered mbira, and banjola. They frequently perform with bassist Alex Lacquement.
The duo started performing regularly in 2009. Shortly thereafter, they released their first recording, Otter Creek, which became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts. Brad’s original composition “Otter Creek” was the most played instrumental on the charts.
Through performance and on the strength of Brad’s first recording, the recently named Strathmore Hall Artist In Resident and WAMU Bluegrass Country DJ has rapidly gained national recognition for his delicate touch and writing. Ken & Brad released Skipping Rocks, their second album, in September 2013.
Their latest project “is both technically impressive and musically tasteful, a lovely exploration of both tradition and creativity (and of a warm musical relationship)." - Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist. Skipping Rocks debuted at #4 on the Folk-DJ Charts and in the top 20 on the Roots Music Charts.
Ken & Brad are excellent teachers and can work with children and adults of all ages. They can conduct workshops on their individual instruments (banjo, fiddle, hammered dulcimer) and can work with ensembles.
They are very knowledgeable about the history of Old-Time music and can perform/talk about a variety of subjects including the origins of the music, its connection to modern society and how it has evolved over the years.
They have taught and performed at a number of Maryland schools including Friends School, Gilman School, Stevenson University, Bryn Mawr, and Johns Hopkins. Fees for these programs range from $800 to $2,000.